Visit Australian landmarks, zoos, aquariums, galleries, museums & world heritage sites from your home. Travel plans might be on hold at the moment due to COVID-19 but you can still explore Australia without leaving your home. Here are more than 30 virtual online tours you can do across Australia. Some involve Google Steet View tours while others let you view online exhibits. (And when we finally do overcome this pandemic, make plans to travel through Australia to visit some of these places in person to give a boost to our tourism sector and economy).
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Discover online exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales including topics including First World War, Athletes in the Archibald and 19th-century portraits. Discover the many artworks held in this gallery from your own home. You can also walk through the art gallery using Google Street View.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Discover online exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia including topics including Australian Art, Modern Art, Japanese Art. Discover the many artworks held in this gallery from your own home. You can also walk through the art gallery using Google Street View.
Have a look through Australia Museum in Sydney through the online platform, Google Arts & Culture: Natural History. Combining Google photos, Google Street View, 360-degree videos and audio tours, virtual visitors will be able to explore the collections and specimens up close.
There is also the Sydney Science Trail which runs until 13 September. The annual program by the Australian Museum, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and other partners is an opportunity for curious kids of all ages and schools to think, talk and experience the science conducted at our organisations – from the study of the natural world and research into the effects of climate change to the exploration of the environmental knowledges of First Nations peoples .
The super-fun online Sydney Science Trail is packed with on-demand activities, kids games and opportunities to learn at home. Take the trail and be rewarded for what you discover. Complete the science quiz at the end of each level and receive your badge – see how many you can collect!
The Australian National Surfing Museum
Based in Torquay, the Australian National Surfing Museum celebrates the history of surfing in Australia and charts Australia’s significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Discover online exhibitions including Surfer Stories as well as a history of surfing in Australia.
Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef
Explore the coral cay of Lady Elliot Island on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef in this seaview survey. You can explore around the cay as well as underwater.
Check out the beautiful environment of Fraser Island in this 360-degree photo. Scroll to move around.
Great Barrier Reef
Explore the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough. He narrates videos about the reef. The website also includes an educational, interactive map.
Step inside the HMB Endeavour without leaving your home in a virtual tour at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. This is a replica of the HMB Endeavour that Captain James Cook sailed to observe the Transit of Venus and to find “Terra Australis”. Explore the different decks of this ship as well. There are also learning packs for school kids.
Explore Victoria’s diversity and culture from your home through the Melbourne Immigration Museum at Home program. You can explore their exhibition through free virtual tours including Identity: yours, mine, ours and Immigrant Stories.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Want to see Australian animals? Check out livestream videos of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. There’s live footage of koalas and their joeys, dingo pups, platypus, emus and kangaroos.
Macquarie Island Research Station
Take a tour of Macquarie Island, a World Heritage-listed sub-Antarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, approximately halfway between Australia and Antarctica. In this tour of Macquarie Island see how people live and work in “Macca” by exploring a range of buildings and scenic areas.
Take an online tour of history, culture, science and nature through the Melbourne Museum at Home program. You can explore their exhibition through free virtual tours including Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, Phar Lap: A true legend, Te Vainui O Pasifika and The Mind and The Melbourne Story.
National Archive of Australia
Discover online exhibitions at the National Archive of Australia including Watching the Waves, Summers Past and Banned: A secret history of Australian censorship. These include a number of historical images.
National Gallery of Australia
Discover online art exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia including Australian works, Modern Art and historic paintings of Sydney and Melbourne.
National Gallery of Victoria
Discover online art exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria including Australian works, Modern Art and Renaissance paintings. Discover the many artworks held in this gallery from your own home.
Newcastle Art Gallery
Take a tour of online art exhibitions at the Newcastle Art Gallery. Recorded in January 2018, the exhibitions PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection and EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 – 2017 have been documented in a 3D showcase of the Gallery building, recording some of the most iconic works of art from their collection as an interactive and educational online resource.
Geoscience Australia (National Mineral and Fossil Collection)
Discover online exhibitions of the National Mineral and Fossil Collection including topics like Gems from the Safe, Australian meteorites, Australian opals and fluorescent minerals.
Parks and Wildlife Western Australia
Parks and Wildlife Western Australia have a number of Google Views that you can explore. Choose from walking trails, waterfalls, gorges and lookouts and explore the beautiful landscapes of Western Australia. The Granite Skywalk and Fortescue Falls are a couple of our favourites.
Port Phillip Bay Reef Cam
Nature Conservancy Australia presents Reef Cam, Australia’s first-ever rocky-reef, live-feed, combined under and above water webcams. The live stream features flora and fauna from Port Phillip Bay in Victoria.
Do a virtual walkthrough through the Powerhouse Museum, a popular museum in Sydney. There is a number of online exhibits you can access including Ingenuity and Innovation, Health and Medicine and the Australian invention, the flight recorder.
Discover the fascinating exhibits in a virtual tour of Queensland Museum. This museum contains natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland. Click on online exhibits about dinosaurs, fossils and amber.
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
Discover online art exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art. It includes art exhibitions with work from India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.
Explore the exhibitions in Scienceworks in Melbourne. You can choose to start from the Think Ahead exhibition, Sportsworks exhibition and The Spotswood Pumping Station.
SEA LIFE Melbourne
Enjoy a virtual aquarium visit at SEA LIFE Melbourne. Get up close to underwater creatures by watching their live streams. Get up close to their Gentoo and King Penguins and learn about what their keepers and aquarists do there every day!
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Enjoy a virtual aquarium visit at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Get up close to underwater creatures by watching their live streams including Pig the Dugong, Gentoo and King Penguins.
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, a monument dedicated to all those who have served in the armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has participated. Walk through the Shrine of Remembrance as well as visiting the online exhibitions.
State Library of New South Wales
Discover online exhibitions at the State Library of NSW including topics including the First Fleet, Discovering Antarctica and the Holterman Collection, which is the most important photographic documentation of goldfields life in Australia.
State Library of Queensland
Discover online exhibitions at the State Library of Queensland including topics like the First World War and Australian South Sea Islanders.
Do a virtual walkthrough through the Sydney Observatory.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House might be closed but you can still take have a look inside with Google Streetview. Click on the Online Stories to learn more about this iconic building as well as its architect Jørn Utzon. You can also watch a 360 degree Youtube video of the Sydney Opera House and scroll around to see different viewpoints. The video also includes a performance from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Spend some time with the animals at Taronga Zoo on TarongaTV. They have set up 24/7 live-streaming cameras so you can enjoy your favourite animals at any time of day. The zoo has set up a Tiger Cam, Seal Cam and Elephant Cam at Taronga Zoo Sydney. There are also shows and animal feedings that you can watch.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Discover the sacred space of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park guided by the Anahgu traditional owners. Click, tap and hover to hear songs and stories in a virtual tour of this remarkable place.
Umoona Opal Mine & Museum
Go underground and explore the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum in Coober Pedy in a virtual tour. It’s a fascinating place You can explore a hand-dug bedroom, and the Old Miners Dugout as well as an underground cinema.
You can watch animals all day long. Zoos Victoria has live streams at their Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo enclosures. See snow leopards, penguins, lions, zebras and giraffes. Tune in at different times to see the animals being fed.
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